|E100-50: Malachi 1:1 - 4:6: The book that makes the bridge - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Malachi is a short prophetic book, the name Malachi just means "my messenger" which seems to be what the speaker calls himself. It has no more details of time, place or person in the superscription (as most prophetic books do), but the content suggests Judah after the exile under Persian rule. The book opens opens with a strong statement of Yahweh's election of Israel, using hyperbole (exageration) to make it's impact...
Keywords: prophet; prophecy; Malachi; Bible; Old Testament
|E100 Week 10: Prophets: three principles to unlock the code - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
Prophets and prophecy: the most misunderstood part of OT, âmysterious messengersâ. A random chunk from a prophetic book will offer a confusing, seemingly muddled, confusion of vivid picture language. Yet, three simple principles can (usually) unlock the mystery and allow the prophets to speak: * conversion not prediction * context not timeless * conversation not monologue As I'll explain briefly in this podcast these three principles can cause mere fortune tellers to become evangelists, and th...
Keywords: prophet; prophecy; understanding the prophets; Bible; Old Testament
|E100-47: Jeremiah 1:1 - 3:5: Getting started as a prophet - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The call of Jeremiah should really have come before the Isaiah reading, as it gives us a good introduction to what a prophet is, and what prophets do. This reading also gives us a clear idea why prophets were often not much appreciated by the people to whom they were sent to proclaim God's message. There is so much one could talk about here, that I will focus mainly on Jeremiah's call and what that tells us about prophets, to help you understand other prophetic books...
Keywords: Jeremiah; prophet; prophecy; understanding the prophets; Bible; Old Testament
|E100-49: Jonah 1:1 - 4:11: Jonah: a "Why'd he do it?" story - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
These four chapters tell the story of God's prophet Jonah (who attentive Bible students know from 2 Kings 14:25: He restored the border of Israel from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah, according to the word of the LORD, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath-hepher. This true prophet runs away from God, says a long prayer inside a fish, preaches a five word sermon and converts the capital of an unusually brutal empire, and...
Keywords: prophet; prophecy; Jonah; Bible; Old Testament; humour; humor